Jurgen Klopp was keen to thank Pep Guardiola’s kind words – the Manchester City boss has said Liverpool are “the toughest team” he has ever faced.
The two sides have battled for the Premier League title in recent seasons, and are doing so again in this campaign.
Since 2018, these two outstanding managers are the only bosses to have won the league title.
City enjoyed their successes in 2018, 2019 and 2021, while Liverpool claimed the crown in 2020.
Guardiola’s side are six points clear of Klopp’s men in the Premier League table but have played one game more.
Considering Liverpool were 14 points behind City on January 15, it’s a remarkable turnaround for the Anfield club to be back in contention.
It was with this stat that Guardiola gave Klopp a glowing statement.
“Fight with them [Liverpool] is one of the greatest achievements of my career,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.
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“They are exceptional.
“Liverpool are the toughest opponent I have ever faced in my 12-13 years as manager.”
Hearing Guardiola’s kind words, Klopp had similar words to say about his counterpart.
“Yeah, but I can give that back easily!” he told talkSPORT during a press conference.
“I could say that City are the toughest opponent I have ever had, but I must not forget that I have already faced him at Bayern [Munich when I was Borussia Dortmund manager] so I can’t say it was much easier.
“I know what he means. We’ve pushed ourselves to insane levels in recent years, the number of points both teams have collected. Of course, we couldn’t deal with it last year for obvious reasons, but the other years we were really there.
“I don’t think City would get the number of points they would get this year if we weren’t there, and the reverse is pretty much the same.
“It’s good. But there are a lot of games to play and we’ll see where we end up.
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